The Dangers of Using Unsecured Wi-Fi
Not many know the dangers circling around public Wi-Fi. Let’s not even name it public Wi-Fi, rather label it as unsecure Wi-Fi as it can raise security concerns for multiple reasons. Threats that we shall state later on.
Whenever setting up your internet connection, the recommended network type preference is ‘Private’ as it is only available to those who have password access to it. Other users that would want to connect to the network won’t be able to. On a public network however connectivity is open to anyone who is in the Wi-Fi access range and there are many privacy and security cons to it. While this is the go-to practice, some new internet subscribers don’t pay much heed to it
So in case you were wondering why a public Wi-Fi network is never recommended, here are some issues that we would like to highlight.
Too much bandwidth consumption
One should know therequired bandwidth usage before setting up a new connection. If you have subscribed to an internet plan of 40 Mbps that is meant for 2-3 users and you keep your Wi-Fi network public, that’s where connecting to a public Wi-Fi network won’t work. Many issues will arise. Firstly, you will be directly granting access to your network to all unauthorized users. The network won’t be password protected so anyone can join in. Secondly, when you do that, your bandwidth consumption is unevenly distributed. Suppose, there are 5-6 people connected to a network that was meant for 3 people at max. Internet performance will reduce and you will suffer from slow internet speeds.
On the note of making your Wi-Fi public AKA unsecure, you allow dubious users to enter into your network and perform suspicious acts. How so? You are just letting a few more users connect to the Wi-Fi, that too without any permission granted, but how does that lead to illegal usage of your Wi-Fi network? Well, you don’t know who’s connected to the network and there’s a high chance it could be someone or multiple users that carry out illegal file uploading, downloading and even transferring. It would be too hard for you to locate the user but you will be put at risk and under suspicion as your network was used as the gateway to carry out any such possible illegal activity.
Private information at risk
Information sent through an unsecure Wi-Fi can be seized and used illicitly. In such a scenario, multiple devices connected to a public wireless network are affected. It could be you sending a picture on your social media account or sending a crucial work email. In both cases, you are putting your online activities, the information shared and any credentials at risk. You wouldn’t want a nasty hacker to obtain your information and have it used illegally.
Login credentials at risk
You cannot stay connected to a public Wi-Fi and not login to any social account or your email. Of course, you will. But when you do, it raises even more concerns regarding your privacy. You insert your login credentials and fail to realize that the information can be easily obtained by any third party that can infiltrate your network. What will happen once your information goes public or in the wrong hands? It can be misused in illegal and fraudulent activities.
All in all
A secure internet connection doesn’t come by default. It’s entirely up to you on how you set it up. That’s why it’s also recommended to choose a private network for your Wi-Fi and then connect any wireless devices accordingly. Getting Spectrum as your main internet connection has more pros as compared to many other existing internet types and providers. You can call Spectrum to inquire about its plans but also keep in mind that Spectrum internet plans come with a dedicated security suite thus, all forms of online threats, phishing attacks and security flaws will be dragged to a minimum with the right set of security protocols.